Information Bulletin Number 0808234

The following announcement was distributed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) announcing the release of 2 NWCG courses
now available through the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy's NFA Online. For Immediate Release


S-130 & S-190 Fire Courses Now Available Online

The classroom portions of the two basic fire training courses needed for qualification as a wildland firefighter can now
be taken online, thanks to a cooperative effort between the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and the U.S. Fire
Administration's National Fire Academy.
The two courses, which firefighter trainees traditionally have taken together, are S-130 Firefighter Training and S-190
Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior. The courses are designed to teach the basic strategies and tactics crews use
to fight fires burning in vegetation, how wildland fire behaves, and how weather influences the spread of wildland fire.
(S-130 contains a shorter course called L-180, Human Factors on the Fireline, and learners who complete the entire S-
130 course earn a certificate for L-180 as well.)
“We are really interested in increasing the firefighting capabilities and capacity of local fire departments,” said Brian
McManus, who chairs the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and serves as the Fire Director for the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. “Often, local fire departments are the closest forces to fires on federal land, so we are pleased to help
make quality training opportunities available to these valued partners.”
McManus added that prospective firefighters will still have to complete the field portion of S-130 before receiving
course certificates for S-130, S-190 and L-180 and becoming qualified as a wildland firefighter.
According to Dan Smith, Fire Director for the National Association of State Foresters, making these widely-used
courses available online can be important to helping meet the training needs of local fire department personnel—and
accomplishing that in a way that works well for departments with scarce funds and availability of time.
The advantages of on-line training are more than economic. “Many structural fire departments in rural and
suburbanizing areas are taking an increasing role in wildland firefighting, as homebuilders continue to build in areas
dominated by wildland fuels,” Smith explained. “Local fire departments realize they are going to be fighting more and
more brush fires and forest fires, and they want to do that work safely and effectively. In this business nobody does
anything alone, and we depend upon one another as neighbors and partners.”
The S-130 and S-190 training courses can be accessed through the National Fire Academy's NFA Online at:
www.nfaonline.dhs.gov
Each course is broken into short, 1 to 3 hour modules enabling students to complete courses at their own pace.
Collectively, the two courses offer approximately 40 hours of training.